Pros Great display quality
I got to like the fact that no remote is needed
Cons 16:9 aspect ratio...read on
Summary I have also purchased this...but will most likely return it. What some reviewers have spun as a "movie-friendly 16:9 aspect ratio" is actually...ridiculous. This is a PICTURE frame... if it plays the occasional movie, great... but there is no big push I know of in the digital photography industry to 16:9 aspect ratio for PHOTOS. Now for the main reason you have purchased this frame, you must compromise the display of your 10,000 or so precious 4:3 ratio family photos for the .00001% chance you will be playing an HD Mpeg file... That is not a feature, or a mere drawback... it is a mistake and a deal-breaker. I already have an HD television. Trust me, if you have a large computerized photo collection like myself, you will not like how much gets cut off when this frame displays them, and the Fit To Frame option is not a suitable answer, as the large black bars on the side of each picture look... terrible. And just imagine how strange portrait-oriented pictures look this way! The 2009 Techie Big Whoops Award goes to Kodak. Too bad...because there is a lot to like about other aspects of this frame, mainly the display quality, which is very nice. Shame.
Pros Overall satisfied; Basic capabilities are easy to use; Reasonably good image quality; Good resolution; Mom loves it!
Cons Setting up for internet update was complex; Panel button interface is clunky when entering data; Some colors not rendered well - extremely bright and oversaturated; Manual could be better; No upload from my Mac PowerBook; Poor sound.
Summary I got this for my Mom (81 yrs old, can barely use email) with the idea that I could set it up to update automagically from the web. I live in VA and Mom lives in NJ, so asking her to control the thing beyond turning it on was out of the question.
Set up out of the box was easy. If I was just using it for local display, it is a no brainer (but then why have the wifi capability). Turning on the wifi was pretty easy too, except for using the slide motion on the "keyboard" to enter the 26 char password. There's got to be a better way. I couldn't upload any pics directly from my Mac, but was planning to set up an internet capability anyway.
I haven't been a web photo site user, so I had to set up an account for me, an account for her, and tie them together somehow. There were so many options that it was quite confusing (FrameChannel, Flickr, EasyShare, .Mac, etc.). I tried a bunch of different things and finally got Flickr to work, but never did get anything else to work right. FrameChannel seems like a good idea, but it always told me I had 0 photos in the channel.
I set up my Flickr acct with a single folder that I can add photos to. I shared the folder with her and added it to her account. I added the userid and pw for the Flickr acct - again a pain using the blasted keyboard - and it showed up on the W1020 under <myusername>'s Sets. I couldn't get the <myusername>'s photostream to work. Not sure why. I also could not select more than one set. The way its set up now, I can add photos to the folder and when the frame is powered off and on again it will update to load the new photos. Sometimes it seemed to forget the setting, so I wrote my Mom instructions for reconnecting to the Flickr set. I hope she can follow them.
The picture quality was good, although some of the brighter pictures seemed over saturated. It may be color profile issue with Mac, where my pics originated. Most color images looked OK. B&W oldies looked very good. Did not try video. Sound was very poor, coming from tiny speakers in the back. But then again I wasn't buying it for sound, anyway, so I turned off the volume. I set up the automatic on-off timer, but it didn't seem to work. Not sure why.
Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with it. Initial setup was easy, but it took me the better part of a day to try and get something working with the on-line thing. Some of that is poor documentation for the on-line services, which could be remedied by better instructions with the frame. Someone who is already a Flickr or FrameChannel user would probably find it easier. I imagine that there are plenty of folks like me who want to set it and forget it for their non-techie parents or grandparents. You can't expect them to be navigating hard to understand buttons and poorly implemented sliding interfaces. I was able to get it up and hope it keeps working well.
Free suggestion to Frame Developers: Make one that connects to the internet and can be controlled completely remotely via a web page. I would be able add or delete photos, change the set or sets being displayed, etc., all from my home.
Pros - Nice Display; Excellent screen size and brightness
- Easy to use navigation on the frame
Cons - Even with the latest firware and software update, unable to configure RSS feed, Flickr; kodak gallery photos to show up
- Not so tech savvy folks will have difficulty in configuring the wireless part of the app
Summary The only good thing is the screen size and picture quality
Pros wireless set-up and computer connectivity was remarkably simple (non-Mac, of course).
Cons Flickr and RSS Feed access is sketchy and inconsistent.
*VERY HARD* to navigate Flickr and Photo RSS options
Didn't auto-update the slideshow feeds without restarting the feed (fairly complex process)
Summary We bought this frame for our parents, so they could see digital pictures of our extended (and geographically diverse) family. The frame is too complex and requires user-input to update pictures, which is not easy for non-technical people, especially older adults.
Although it does access Photo RSS feeds, we also found it does so with varying picture quality. The same picture viewed via a Flickr account (ie, "Favorites," which we would have to set-up on their account) versus viewing on an RSS Feed had very different image quality. Of course, neither a Flickr slideshow nor an RSS slideshow is very easy to set-up on the frame.
After moving the frame and plugging it in, it never returned to the setting it had been on most recently, and instead used a mish-mash of images captured from Flickr feeds ... again rendering it useless as a way of sharing pictures with whose who are technologically reticent.
We never tried displaying pictures with a chip or via direct PC transfer ... You wouldn't need Wi-Fi for that. It seems to me that the whole point of a wi-fi frame is to have easy, consistent access to online images. That is not the case with this frame.
*NOT* a good buy for folks who are not very tech-savvy.
Pros Frame is perfect size and crystal clear. Beautiful display.
Cons Software is horrible. First time is OK, but if you want to edit or add more pictures, it takes HOURS of deleting from both the software and frame, restarting both, recreating the slideshows, many many times before it finally works. Super frustrating.
Summary Love the frames picture quality, but would definitely NOT go with Kodak ever again.